Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 20 January 1816

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Jan. 20. 16.

Dear Sir

The ice of our river has at length broke up, which enables us to get off this day 3. or 4. loads of flour, which, the tide being good, will be with you nearly as soon as this letter. the boatmen will call on you for their pay @ 3/6 per barrel. mr Yancey some weeks ago informed me that such was the press of tobo going from Lynchburg, that flour could not then be got down under 15/ a barrel, & of course that he must defer sending mine off till the price of carriage should fall. I do not know whether he has sent off the tobo as yet. if he has, the immediate sale of that, which I wish, will1 cover my draughts & permit the flour to be held up for the spring demand. if not, it must be sold for the price going. Gilmer is in one of these boats, and may be trusted with the cask of wine from Dr Fernandes, which having been shipped at Norfolk on the 5th inst. will I hope be with you in time for Gilmer.—an old acquaintance of mine Capt Peyton, having settled in Richmond in the mercantile line, instead of troubling you with the purchase of little special articles, as I have too often been obliged to do, I shall address those little commissions to him hereafter, and only ask the favor of you to pay the bills for which he will call on you. I have now written to him to procure for me 4. gross of bottles, 12 gross of corks & some anchovies, the bills for which I must ask you to pay, and to be so good as to direct Gilmer to call on him for the articles, as I have not directed him to call on Capt Peyton. Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViHi: Adrienne D. Maxwell Papers); on verso of a reused address cover from Horatio G. Spafford to TJ; torn at seal, with missing text rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

1TJ here canceled “enable.”

Index Entries

  • anchovies search
  • bottles search
  • corks; TJ orders search
  • fish; anchovies search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • food; anchovies search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; Milton boatman search
  • household articles; bottles search
  • household articles; corks search
  • James River; ice on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); flour from search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; and wine for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; merchant search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • weather; ice search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search